Episode 047: Clarisse Loughrey, Chief Film Critic at The Independent

This week I spoke to Clarisse Loughrey, the chief film critic for The Independent. She also acts as a regular stand-in for Mark Kermode on BBC Radio 5 Live’s ‘Kermode and Mayo’ and runs That Darn Movie Show, a weekly review channel on YouTube.


We cover lots and a lot of it is new ground for the podcast because I’ve never interviewed a film critic before - so we talk about the art of pitching, how Clarisse learnt what a good freelance rate was, how she learnt to trust her opinion and put it on the Internet, what her writing process is, the fear you get when your opinion of a movie differs from your peers and fair bit more, which I think will hopefully be insightful not just for people interesting in a career in film criticism, but also to anyone that reads film reviews - if that’s not too audacious - and what goes into that. So thank you so much to Clarisse for sharing that perspective. 


This is episode 47 of Best Girl Grip!